Can You Get Your CDL Back After it Was Revoked Because of a DWI?

A DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charge can have severe consequences, including your ability to maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). In New York, it is essential to understand the implications of a DWI conviction on your CDL and the steps you can take to potentially regain it. In this blog post, we will discuss the process of getting your CDL back after a DWI conviction in New York, considering it is your first offense.

The Impact of a DWI on Your CDL

If you hold a CDL and are convicted of a DWI in New York, your CDL will be suspended for a minimum of one year for a first offense. It's important to note that this one-year suspension is applicable regardless of the type of vehicle you were operating at the time of the offense.

Reinstating Your CDL

After serving the required suspension period, you will have the opportunity to apply for reinstatement of your CDL. However, reinstating your CDL is not automatic, and there are certain steps and fees associated with the process. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Complete your mandatory suspension period: To be eligible for reinstatement, you must first complete the one-year suspension period.

  2. Pay the associated fees: The specific fees may vary, so it's important to check with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the most up-to-date information.

Employment Challenges

While it is possible to regain your CDL after a DWI conviction, it's important to understand that it may be challenging to find employment as a commercial driver with a DWI on your record. Most employers conduct thorough background checks, and a DWI conviction can significantly impact their decision to hire you. It is advisable to be prepared for potential difficulties in securing employment in the trucking industry or related fields.

Increased Insurance Premiums

Another consequence of a DWI conviction is the likelihood of higher insurance premiums. Insurance companies consider DWI convictions as indicators of high-risk behavior, and they adjust premiums accordingly. Therefore, once you regain your CDL, it's important to be prepared for increased insurance costs.

Stay Sober

Once you regain your CDL, it is essential to stay sober. You may be subject to random drug and alcohol testing while on the job, and any positive test can result in the revocation of your CDL again. Staying sober is crucial for your safety and the safety of others on the road.

If you need assistance with the process, The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy can help you. Contact us today for a consultation.